STONE travelling exhibition | 2010
Peter Randall-Page | Atsuo Okamoto | Jake Harvey | Joel Fisher | Sibylle Pasche
Susanne Specht | Carlos Lizariturry | Hayashi Takeshi | Jessica Harrison | Gerard Mas
STONE at the Cass Sculpture Foundation, England | September 2010 - 2011
This is the end of the tour for the Milestone carvings where they have been beautifully sited in the woodland paths and open space of the Cass Sculpture Foundation. Individual images and further information about each of the Milestone sculptors can be accessed through the Cass website.
The sculptures will now remain as works for sale on the grounds of Cass and will be available for viewing again when the foundation opens for Spring 2011 (Winter Opening| View by appointment only, up to 25th March Spring Opening | 29th April - 6th November 2011).
STONE at The Pier Arts Centre, Orkney | June 19th - August 21st
"Stromness is formed by buildings and piers created almost entirely from stone. Generations of Orkney builders have made good use of local sandstone, either heaved up from the shore or quarried inland. The naturally layered, and readily shaped, stone has provided a remarkably stable and versatile building material. The skills and techniques required to work stone are not always apparent though and it has been fascinating to see, through the research carried out by the STONE team, some of the many methods used to split, cut and carve stone from around the world. We are also very pleased to have been able to bring the results of the thrilling Milestone Carve event to the gallery. Viewing major works carved from limestone, granite, sandstone and Portland stone in and around the stone-rich setting of the Pier Arts Centre has been a real pleasure."
Andrew Parkinson, Curator
STONE at Yorkshire Sculpture Park | March 13th - May 3rd
"STONE project (at YSP) is a presentation through photographs, films and objects of an ambitious three-year research programme being carried out by Edinburgh College of Art into the manifold approaches to how stone is worked and understood across the world.
Work began in 2007 with the guiding concept that ancient human skills and the subtractive way of thinking inherent to carving were in danger of being lost. Travelling the globe, the researchers spoke to artists and artisans, visited quarries, made records, collected tools and stone samples, and catalogued changing,
international perspectives to ensure the widest possible relevance of the resultant archive to scholars and practitioners. Another central objective was to investigate issues related to sculptural work in stone, including subtractive processes, fabrication and use of tools, tactility, masons' skills and restoration.
This exhibition represents just a fraction of this fascinating inquiry, featuring striking photographs of subjects ranging from huge quarries and machinery, to details of tools and finely carved works. A group of smaller images shows the individual hands of stone workers and artists; these fragments of the body make manifest the human aspect involved in this highly physical and often hidden work. Documentary films add further layers, capturing astonishing working practices, including a worker in India lowering himself hundreds of meters into a quarry using a single rope, and an elderly woman breaking stone using a huge mallet wearing only a sari and sandals. As part of the project, ten contemporary artists working with stone were invited to make a new work and share knowledge during a unique live carving event held in Edinburgh during August 2009."
Sarah Coulson, Curator, Yorkshire Sculpture Park
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